WA Sculptor Scholarship Announced at Sculpture by the Sea Opening in Cottesloe

For the second year, judges have again awarded two artists the $10,000 Western Australian Sculptor Scholarship. At the Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe launch this morning, it was announced that artists Norton Flavel and Kim Perrier will share the scholarship to be used for travel, study and the advancement of their career.

It was also announced that the Western Australian Government, through Tourism WA, would renew its support of the exhibition through until 2017.

The Hon. John Day MLA, Minister for Planning, Culture and the Arts made the announcements. This scholarship has been offered since 2005 and this is the third year it has been funded by an anonymous donor. Flavel and Perrier are also invited to exhibit their stand out works at Sculpture by the SeaBondi 2015 this October.

Founding Director, David Handley said, “Norton and Kim have both made ambitious and exciting works which are an immense credit to each of them and wonderful additions to the show.”

Norton Flavel will be well remembered by Perth audiences for his bulk carriersculpture from last year. His gravity defying work, lucky country, references the Australian psyche, the tension between positives and negatives and what we choose to see.

Kim Perrier’s ashes to ashes, technically stunning and mystical work, celebrates the relationship between trees and humanity, the tree becoming the vessel for the transmigration of soul. Perrier ponders the tree as a sentient being dwelling in three worlds – a link between heaven, earth and underground.


The awards were selected by a judging panel of leading figures in the visual arts:

  • Dr Michael Hill, Head of Art History & Theory, National Art School; Julienne Penny, Director, Tunbridge Gallery; and
  • Dr Nien Schwarz, Artist, Senior Lecturer, School of Communication & the Arts, Edith Cowan University

The judges said both works were standouts and deserved to be acknowledged so they decided to share the award.

This is only the second time the scholarship has been shared. Only Western Australian artists are eligible for the scholarship and last year it was awarded to Kerrie Argent for overconsumption and Elaine Clocherty for overnight.

Perth’s largest free to the public outdoor art exhibition, the much loved Sculpture by the SeaCottesloe runs from 6 – 23 March 2015. An estimated 220,000 visitors are expected to flock to Cottesloe to see 69 sculptures from local, national and international artists.

In its 11th anniversary year, 31 West Australian artists will exhibit their works, including Decade Club inductee Tim Macfarlane Reid, and leading international sculptors Guan Wei, David Černý, Chen Wenling, Peter Lundberg and Wen-di Zhang They are joined by 17 artists from across New South Wales, Victoria, ACT and Tasmania.

For more information please visit the official website @ www.sculpturebythesea.com.

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